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Bone infection

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Introduction
Osteomyelitis is the medical term for a bone infection that is usually caused by bacteria.
Symptoms of osteomyelitis
The most common signs of osteomyelitis are bone pain and a high temperature.
Causes of osteomyelitis
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone that is usually caused by bacteria.
Diagnosing osteomyelitis
If you have a high temperature and bone pain, you should visit your GP for a diagnosis.
Treating osteomyelitis
Osteomyelitis is usually treated with antibiotics, although surgery may also be used in severe cases.
Complications of osteomyelitis
Although osteomyelitis is usually treated successfully, chronic and severe cases can lead to other problems.
Preventing osteomyelitis
It is not always possible to prevent osteomyelitis, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing the condition.